Sometimes when you're "within" a moment you don't
realize what that moment means, until you look back at it
after some time passes.
One of my favorite passages in the book "Don't sweat the
small stuff and it's all small stuff" is the passage that
asks you stop...take a moment and when
your "tragedy" is happening...ask
yourself, "In a year will this matter?" and if the answer
is "NO" then it's not worth getting all worked up over!
We've had a HELLACIOUS 2013 football year!
But you know what...it's in the past and with some time
to reflect and the aid of a nice glass of Jameson
Black Barrel...it wasn't that bad!
When "GOLSON-GATE" happened I was the first
chicken to scream the sky was falling!
But then...I reflected on our situation and realized
that 12-0 had just gone out the window...but 10 wins
was still within our grasp!
We battled...lost some soldiers along the way to injury.
We played games without Lou...and won!
We dropped some games to inferior teams...and recovered!
We laid an egg to Pitt...and yet still beat the Big Ten Champs!
So the IRISH glass...1/2 empty or 1/2 full?
We played one of the top 20 toughest schedules in the country!
In fact, out of the top 10 teams in the BCS, with the exception
of Stanford, ALL PLAYED weaker schedules!
We played 4 teams that finished in the top 14 of the BCS...
Beat two of them and lost to two of
them...but not by much!..
Hell...30% of our schedule are playing in BCS bowls....
NO ONE played 12 games in which their opponents won
more games than ND...not one team!
Almost half our schedule won TEN OR MORE games!
And at the end of the day....we did all this with our
back up QB!
We did all of this breaking in NUMEROUS freshmen starters
and relief players!
We did all of this...and most likely will still win 9 games!
And we did all this coming off a season where we lost 2 asst. coaches!
Take a minute and think about that!
Oh...and we still churned out graduates that will either
move on to the NFL or into the world to make it a
better place....so 1/2 full?
I'd say so...
I mean...there's not much to say...they aren't very good!
Their best win I'd say is Arkansas if beating
the worst team in the SEC is a chest pounder?
They played the 89th toughest schedule in the country,
and still went 500!
85th in the country in total Offense!
68th in total Defense...but 120th vs the
pass, so that should just be a field day!
So barring a COMPLETE meltdown we should
finish the 2013 campaign with 9 wins!
So....What's that do for the state of affairs?
It's time to reflect and realize this ship is headed in
the right direction!
With the playoff system looming and the emphasis on
a "Body of work" or as we've been preaching for years...
Your "Strength of Schedule" will make your team!
We have have an opportunity laid out before our IRISH!
We have statement games next season vs the REIGNING Heisman
winner in his house!
We get to the opportunity to send Michigan on their
way in our house!
We get to ruin Sark's first season at USC for the icing
on this cake!
Oh...and by the way we get to do all of this with only losing
-3 starters on offense!
4- starters on defense!
And...with this under center!
2014 will be "breaking point" of the ND program!
It will be the "NO EXCUSES" year for the offense!
Brian Kelly has MORE TALENT than he's EVER had
in one offensive huddle!
We have DEPTH upon DEPTH on the offensive side of the
ball...we should have the chance to WIN every game....NO EXCUSES!
Now...what's the D gonna look like?
Is Jarron Jones for real?
Is Jarret Grace ready to become a household name!
What is Jayon's ceiling...or does he have one?
Are Cole Luke and Devin Butler as good as we think
What members of the Golden Army will compete early?
Are we on the verge of RUDY 2 with Joe Schmidt?
2012 was special!
2013 was...let's say unexpected!
2014?....What should the teams facing ND expect?
So sit back and remember the good times of 2013...but
also remember the bad times....cause it's the bad times
that will make 2014 that much sweeter!
GOD BLESS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!